I am both a Green Featured Contributor and an Alternative Medicine Featured Contributor. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding which of these two categories to put my writing in. Most alternative medicine practices are green practices. Many green ways of preventing or curing disease are considered alternative medicine. Lets take a look at some alternative medicine recommendations and explore the green link in each of them.
Eating Close to Nature
Using food as alternative medicine requires eating as close to nature as possible. Skipping processed foods, chemical pesticides and fertilizers (in favor of growing your own food) is about as green as it gets. Organic gardening is great alternative medicine for just about any health problem you might have. It’s hard for me to decide where to put my healthy eating tips since ecofriendly organic food makes such great preventative alternative medicine.
Herbs are often used as natural remedies in alternative medicine. What could be more green than these gifts of mother nature? Whether you make a poultice, a salve or sprinkle them on your spaghetti, herbs contain a high amount of antioxidants. They also contain unique ingredients to relieve the symptoms of many diseases and conditions. For the most health and green benefits, be sure your herbs are organically grown.
Therapeutic Alternative Medicine
What could be greener than a massage? How about a session of yoga, or other therapeutic alternative medicine? These alternative medicine practices have been used for thousands of years with no harmful environmental side effects. They certainly beat invasive surgery, radiation and other forms of conventional medicine when it comes to going green. So, are they alternative medicine or green living choices? Happily, they fit in either category.
The home remedies I recommend contain simple pure ingredients such as apple cider vinegar and baking soda. There are no harmful chemicals to wash down the drain. No medicinal chemicals going down the toilet and into our water supply (like with conventional prescription meds). Home remedies are both alternative medicine and green living alternatives.
Summing it Up
So, you see, no matter what alternative medicine you choose, it’s likely a green choice as well. Much of the alternative medicine I recommend is derived from a healthy respect for Mother Earth. I’m a true supporter of all things natural. Linking my alternative medicine recommendations with green living just makes good sense. How can we take cures from nature without showing respect for the earth? It just wouldn’t be right.